From Doris Duke’s Bedroom to the Mughal Suite: An Inside Look at the Journey to Shangri La
Thursday Oct 09 07:30 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Lecture:
Doris Duke could not have known when she departed on her honeymoon around the world in 1935 how profoundly these travels would affect her life. Her experiences led to the commissioning of a marble bedroom suite in India, the building of her home in Honolulu, Shangri La, and an indefatigable passion for collecting Asian art. In conjunction with the opening of the bedroom suite to the public, Shangri La’s long-time consulting curator Sharon Littlefield presents a detailed, lively illustrated lecture about Duke’s 1935 world tour and the lifelong projects that arose from it.
Sharon Littlefield received her Ph.D. in Islamic and South Asia Art History from the University of Minnesota. She has been researching the collection, the founder, and the site since she began working at Shangri La in 1999. Littlefield has published several articles about the estate and its art collection and is the author of Doris Duke’s Shangri La. She has been instrumental in opening the estate to the public for tours and programs.